Simon says: (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)
I did like Belinda’s idea of the hero texting his allies on the eve of battle, and thought Cecilia’s ‘pick a new move already’ line (like Tyler’s feisty girl using that cliff) was more than justified (BTW think I know that nameless author, or maybe just somebody using the same seduce-by-numbers template).
But I had to hand it to Thoraiya for utter truth in storytelling: Vader: No, I am your father. Luke: Can I have twenty bucks? Yep, that’s so achingly accurate, that I simply have to lob the final cliche’ over it: Thoraiya, the force is with YOU.
Thoraiya email me (Rowena). You already have my email. Don’t worry if I don’t get right back to you. I’ll be without internet for a couple of days.
I thought Mary Preston’s was a clear winner, for me. I’m not sure what party she is referring to but it sounds like it had a massive effect on her life and I think she could certainly empathise with Martil’s struggles as a result.
Also, I do like the line: “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. Very true!
So Mary, email Duncan to organise the postage of your book. duncanlay(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
Most writers I know don’t just write the one thing, or for the one age group. I’ve written for kids and young adults, written short stories and book length fiction. Next March, I have a para-crime (no sparkly vampires, I promise) is coming out with ClanDestine Press.
I’ve been to SF conventions, both national and world cons. I’ve been to the romance writers conference. This weekend I’m going to the crime writers convention in Melbourne. SheKilda, run by Sisters in Crime, the Australian branch of an international organisation. I’ll be catching up with Marianne, who’ll be there in her Marianne Delacourt persona. Last year her first Tara Sharp book won the Davitt Award. (Think Janet Evanovich set in Australia). There’s a just a hint of the paranormal in Marianne’s Tara Sharp series.
There’s no paranormal elements in Sandy Curtis’s new book, Fatal Flaw. She writes romantic suspense, which means there’s a man and a woman in danger and they fall in love, but she’s certain to deliver a thrilling mystery along the way. I think this is her seventh book. And now her back list are available as e-books.
Crime/mystery/thrillers cover a lot of territory, from gritty realism through lovers in danger to humorous girl with a gift for reading people’s body language and then there are the paranormal mysteries that venture into dark fantasy. There’s something for everyone. Which is why I’m going to SheKilda.
I’ll be meeting fellow writers, attending panels and generally having a fun time. I just know I’ll come home with dozens of signed books to [ile onto my already groaning bookshelves. But hey, that’s what conferences are for!